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REACH For Life
REACH Air Medical Services & Air Med Care Network membership expands coverage throughout nation

The American Sand Association and REACH Air Medical Services have worked together for over 6 years to make your off-road recreational experience the safest possible. REACH Air Medical brought 24/7/365 critical care coverage to Imperial County in 2008 and has actively participated in improving air medical response to the friends and family of the ASA. The REACH For Life membership was introduced a few years later to offer affordable membership coverage in the event of a medical emergency. REACH For Life guarantees no out-of-pocket expense from the patient if they are transported by a REACH helicopter or airplane. The introductory membership fee was offered at $25/family in 2010. The new fee will increase to $55/family which will include all lives living under the household. The coverage also includes adult children that are away in college. In addition to the inclusive household coverage, your $55 will grant you nationwide coverage that includes 33 States, with over 230 locations. REACH’s coverage in Southern California has expanded exponentially with locations in Imperial, Thermal, Upland, Oceanside, and soon to open in Alpine. In addition to the helicopter coverage in Southern California, REACH has introduced a Southern California critical care airplane for both long distance as well as inclement weather missions. We’ve got you covered on the Dunes and at home!!

About REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Medical Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, provides critical care air and ground transport service to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Colorado and South Texas. REACH has provided safe, patient-centered care for more than 28 years and has successfully transported more than 100,000 patients to needed care. REACH employs hundreds of highly-trained nurses, medics, pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians, who provide service to patients utilizing a fleet of medically-equipped helicopters, airplanes and ground ambulances. REACH has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) since 1998. CAMTS is the gold standard for patient care and safety for air medical transport services. For more information, visit www.REACHair.com.

LostFoundDuneLost & Found Dune Dogs page was created last season when we had two dogs show up at camp within 24 hours. Both had tags and we attempted to call both with so success!

One person had put their work number on the tag, so we could not get through to him, and the other person had no cell signal at all! At this point we felt just as helpless as the poor lost dune dogs! We started walking from camp to camp in the dark and luckily we were able to find both fur babies humans!

I started to wonder how many people we could help find their fur babies and how many fur babies help find their humans if we could quickly put the information out. This Facebook page is one of the few resources that can help all duners link together to help families reunite, as well as educate people in how to keep their dogs safe and return home! I believe this page will continue to help duners and their families this season and beyond if used correctly.

CinamonThank you all for your support and a special thanks to the ASA and supporters whom have helped tremendously in getting the word out about this page as well as being supportive! Have a safe, wonderful season!

Here is the link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505515233066126/permalink/1563357730615209/

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks to a large group attending the public meeting on the proposed California Desert National Monuments on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Whitewater Preserve. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer, The Press Enterprise).

In October, Senator Feinstein held a public meeting, attended by Administration officials and interested citizens, to receive public comment on her request to President Obama that he create three additional national monument areas in the California desert.  The meeting was held in a tent up a dirt road in the Whitewater Preserve outside of Palm Springs.  Public reports on attendance ranged from 700-1,000 people.  The LA Times described the event as a “raucous tent hearing.”  It was a hot day and tempers flared inside and outside the tent as proponents and opponents of the monument designations expressed their opinions.

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Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) introduced HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act. This bill presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using our desert and forest areas in San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. This bill would deal with the management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership.

This bill establishes a Mojave Trails Special Management Area (SMA) in an area south of the existing Mojave Preserve and northeast of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This designation protects existing mining operations and allows for future mining exploration as long as mining projects never exceed ten percent of the total acreage. It would also prevent the installation of any industrial-scale renewable energy projects. Additionally, this bill would protect from development any lands within the management area donated to the federal government for conservation purposes. Over 1,200 miles of roads and off-road vehicle trails are written into law as well.

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2016 Season PermitISDRA Season Permits available now!

Remember that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every permit benefits the ASA, so please buy them from us!

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NOTE: New look! The seasonal permit is now a non-transferable sticker.

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